Sunday, January 23, 2011
A French startup hopes to be the one of the first, if not the only, app store for Windows.
AllMyApps originally launched in 2009, with the idea that the site could suggest a suite of free apps that could be installed on a new PC. In December, a beta version of the company's app store entered beta; now, by the end of the first quarter, a final version will be launched
"We want to make sure it easy to manage and discover all the applications on a PC," Favre said.
For now, the site looks somewhat like other app stores on the Web: apps are broken down into different categories ("communications," "security," "office," "audio," and more). The site provides about 1,500 apps at the moment, divided between locally-installed apps and those Web apps that live in a browser.
According to Favre, AllMyApps will also share characteristics common to other app stores: consolidating a list of all of the apps a user has installed, sharing them, and auto-updating them behind the scenes. AllMyApps will go a step farther, however, and allow users to transfer their apps to other PCs, like Valve Software's Steam service, as well as back them up to the cloud.
The company's games will be casual, however; Favre said that he does not wish to take on Steam directly.
Thanks to PC Mag for thee link
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Flickr coming to Windows 7
Thanks to CNet for this story
The photo service takes full advantage of Windows 7's side-scrolling interface, offering a smooth transition that takes you from recent content to tagged photos to a screen that lets you explore the larger Flickr library.* Clicking on any image takes you to a screen that offers the full array of features: you can read and add comments, as well as view location info if available. Photos with GPS tags can also be viewed on a map that will show others Flickr user pics nearby.
The app takes things a step further on the tablet, offering an innovative browsing mode for viewing or discovering groups of photos. There's also a cool faded-out copy of each photo as the background for each individual pic page. Really, words don't do this software justice, which is why Flickr has also released this demo video.
Flickr for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 is free and will be available to users at the end of this month.